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Bri­tain’s Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham an­nounced on Mon­day that it has be­come the first elite Rus­sell Group univer­sity to ac­cept China’s Na­tional Higher Ed­u­ca­tion En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tion, com­monly known as gaokao, for Chi­nese stu­dents wishing to join its un­der­grad­u­ate cour­ses in 2019.

High school stu­dents who com­plete the exam with top grades will for the first time be able to ap­ply for di­rect en­try into a Birm­ing­ham de­gree pro­gram without com­plet­ing a Foun­da­tion year.

Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham Vice-Chan­cel­lor David East­wood said: “We are fur­ther open­ing ac­cess to Birm­ing­ham’s wealth of ed­u­ca­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties for the bright­est and most ded­i­cated Chi­nese stu­dents by ac­cept­ing this rig­or­ous and im­por­tant qual­i­fi­ca­tion. I look for­ward to wel­com­ing these high-fly­ing stu­dents to the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham.”

The an­nual ex­am­i­na­tion is usu­ally held across China in early June. Stu­dents are tested in Chi­nese, math­e­mat­ics and a for­eign lan­guage, usu­ally English.

A spokesman for the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham said: “Gaokao is in­creas­ingly ac­cepted by univer­si­ties in Aus­tralia, the USA, Canada and main­land Europe. Birm­ing­ham will only be con­sid­er­ing high qual­ity stu­dents who achieve a min­i­mum 80 per­cent Gaokao score and meet ad­di­tional aca­demic and English lan­guage re­quire­ments.”

Pro­fes­sor Jon Framp­ton, direc­tor of the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham’s China In­sti­tute said: “The Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham has a long his­tory of ed­u­cat­ing stu­dents from China and one of our most fa­mous grad­u­ates is Li Siguang – the found­ing fa­ther of Chi­nese ge­ol­ogy.”

Framp­ton said he’s de­lighted that the univer­sity is now ac­cept­ing the Chi­nese ex­am­i­na­tion, which gives the bright­est and best Chi­nese stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to move straight into the first year of the univer­sity’s un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grams and ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fits of study­ing at a global Top 100 univer­sity. Xin­hua

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